When Is the Best Time to Meditate?
“Take time to make your soul happy.”
I get asked this frequently and it is a very good question as many people are put off by the idea of perhaps getting up even earlier in the morning to meditate.
Whilst certain types of meditation are typically more effective at certain times of day, there is no one size fits all. It very much depends on your own situation and what works for you.
Personally, I like to start my meditation practice early in the morning, and I include Mantra Meditation, Breathing Meditation, Conscious Movement Meditation, Stretching and Breathwork.
When it comes to practicing Yoga Nidra Meditation I will do this for specific purposes e.g., focusing on achieving a goal, setting intentions, gaining energy, complete relaxation, to name a few.
Yoga Nidra is a strong and deep practice, and it is important that it is included regularly in the diary. Because it is so relaxing and renewing (30 minutes equates to a couple of hours of sleep!) it can be practiced at any time of the day.
The closer I practice Yoga Nidra to bedtime the more likely I am to fall into a very deep sleep, and the benefits won’t be as intensely felt. Unless I actually need to go to sleep then it’s perfect!
A Yoga Nidra Meditation can last from 15-35 minutes depending on the subject matter. So it can take up some of your time. But if time is something that you find elusive, I have shared a few shorter meditations on my You Tube Channel which can quite easily form part of a regular meditation practice.
Another one of my go-to meditations, is Movement Meditation. For this, I’ve noticed that I am a lot more flexible as the day goes on. But equally, practicing any kind of movement is a great way to start the day, as it wakes up our body and fuels it for the day ahead.
A Let’s Shake & Flow session lasts only 30 minutes, but the effects can be felt long afterwards. Over 30 minutes we ground ourselves, before shaking our bodies in a fun way, then entering into a flow state of movement, and ending with an energy release and relaxation.
The best thing about these sessions is that you can join online for half an hour and then go on about your day feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. You don’t even have to change your clothes! As there is no choreography or routine you can move your body however you want to – fast or slow!
One of my favourite things about Yoga Nidra and Let’s Shake & Flow is that you can do them at any time, from your own home or in person.
So in answer to the question “When is the best time to meditate?”, my answer is “Whatever works for you” 🙂
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